How to stickhandle all your hockey channels this season

gridIf you haven’t already heard there will be an incredible amount of hockey on TV this season! While, I’m always one for choice (and more hockey), it’s important to know how to easily access the games you want so you don’t miss a key play or moment. Fear not hockey-lovers, we’ve made updates to make sure fans have an awesome TV watching experience on game days.

Check out our updates:

Rogers Grid – Channel 509

Not in the mood to channel surf on game night? Check out the Rogers Grid™ channel that will broadcast six NHL feeds at once for Digital TV customers in Ontario. This means fans can watch simultaneous hockey action from Sportsnet™ Ontario, Sportsnet ONE™, Sportsnet 360™, CBC, City, and FX Canada. Hockey fans can also tune into Sportsnews on channel 500 for even more coverage and scores.

New HD Sports Channel Lineup

Your sports channels are now all in order starting from 494 to 509 in both SD and HD. With more games available as part of our Digital Basic package than ever before, and additional games available with specialty services (Sportsnet ONE™, Sportsnet 360™, FX Canada), we’ve put all your go-to hockey channels all in one place.

NHL® Centre Ice™ Freeview

Super hockey fans can subscribe to NHL® Centre Iceto catch up to 37 regular season out-of-market games per week on their TV. If you want to check it out, you can enjoy a Centre Ice freeview from October 8 to 14.

This NHL season be sure to turn on the tube as we deliver double the number of games on free over-the-air TV and twice as many Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night games. For more information visit rogers.com/NHL.

How many hockey channels will you be watching at once?

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Weekend Reading: a BlackBerry, selfies and hockey access

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailHappy Friday all!  Check out the Weekend Reading below to meet the latest BB, learn about new form of selfie and more.

 Will you carry a Passport?

 BlackBerry made a splash this week, introducing its latest device – the BlackBerry® Passport. As explored in our post, the BlackBerry® Passport is a smartphone designed with the busy business person in mind. The device rocks a 4.5 inch screen great for reviewing documents on-the-go, an amazing battery life that can keep up with a busy schedule and features like the BlackBerry Assistant that lets you manage emails, contacts and more using voice and text commands.

If you’re ready for a new device, the BlackBerry® Passport is now available with Rogers reservation system and will be in retail stores and at Rogers.com starting on Wednesday, October 1.

What feature has you talking?

Introducing Time-Lapse Selfies

 Attention all selfie-lovers, a new type of selfie has entered the playing field. As reported by Mashable, Hyperlapse,  Instagram’s newest  app for time-lapse videos, has updated to allow for iPhone users to shoot videos with front-facing cameras. Hyperlapse now comes with a small button that toggles between the front- and rear-facing cameras and alerts you when you are switching to “selfielapse” mode. To ensure your selfielapse doesn’t make your friends selfie-sick, the final video is put through the app’s stabilization process.

Tell us, will you be sharing a selfielapse?

Use MyRogers to watch more hockey this season

 12 days until the 2014/15 NHL® season begins and we’re gearing up for the show. This week we shared how to get MyRogers account to access Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™, which lets you watch over 1,000 hockey games this season right from your tablet or smartphone. MyRogers is the fastest gateway to your hockey action and you can sign up today by clicking here. A reminder that Rogers customers with internet or wireless data plans get a free subscription to Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ until December 31, 2014.

How are you gearing up for the season?

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Keep your Passport on you at all times!

Doing business on-the-go is a challenge. The reality is, we want the best of both worlds. When I’m running around on a busy day, my device needs to act as my laptop, when I’m sitting in a car on a long weekend drive up north, it needs to act as my TV and when I’m travelling, it needs to be…. well, my phone, my way of connecting with the office or to give mom a call.

Starting next week, Rogers will be carrying the BlackBerry® Passport, a smartphone that certainly complements my busy work schedule, in and out of the office. Check out its features:

  • The 4.5 inch high definition screen lets me review documents with excellent resolution, and stream meetings and conferences with ease
  • With an amazing battery life the BlackBerry Passport can be used from the wee hours of the morning to late evening dinners or networking events
  • The BlackBerry Passport comes ready with the latest version of BlackBerry 10.3 OS that includes great features:
    • Blackberry® Blend Technology brings my documents, emails, etc. right from my BlackBerry Passport to my computer and tablet so I can access my work materials from whatever device I’m on
    • BlackBerry Assistant keeps me organized by letting me manage my emails, contacts and calendar by using voice and text commands

The Passport is now available with Rogers reservation system and will be available in retail stores and at Rogers.com starting on Wednesday, October 1. Check out this awesome video below to learn more about this device:


How do you use your smartphone to keep you connected to your office?

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Enjoy Even More Hockey Action via MyRogers

MyRogers_RGCL15 days until the 2014/15 NHL® season begins, which means it’s time for you to get ready to watch the game by getting a MyRogers account. Read the Connected Rogers article below to learn how your account can help you catch this season’s hockey action.

If you don’t already know about MyRogers, here’s the scoop: it makes managing your Rogers products and services a snap. Just log in to your account – and, if you don’t have an account yet, signing up for one is as fast as an Alexander Ovechkin slap shot – to do things like check your internet bandwidth, change or add products, review and pay your bills, check your usage, change your password, sign up for pre-authorized payments and more.

The MyRogers sign-in is also all you need to access Rogers Anyplace TV™, Next Issue™ and Rogers First Rewards™.

“Sure,” you say, “that’s all pretty cool, but what about my profound hockey-loving needs?”

Well, NHL superfans, rejoice! (Cue: the heavenly chorus.) Now, the MyRogers sign-in is also your gateway to Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™, which lets you watch all the hockey your eyeballs can manage, anywhere and any time you’d like.

Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ lets you live stream over 1,000 English NHL® games to your computer, smartphone and/or tablet*. Standing in line for coffee? Stream a game. Waiting for the bus after work? Stream a game. Sneaking out of dinner with your in-laws because you want to find out whether your favourite team is winning? Do you even need to be told what to do at this point? Grab your device, stream the game and get the score, thanks to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™.

And what’s the easiest, quickest route to NHL awesomeness? A MyRogers login, through which you can access Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™. (See how this all just got very circle-of-life-y?)

As if all of the above weren’t reason enough to get yourself a MyRogers account, you can also enter the MyRogers Sign In to Win contest for a chance to receive one of 200 $150 The Shopping Channel™ gift Cards. (Click here for full contest details, rules and regulations.)

So, get MyRogers to spend less time managing your account, and more time savouring all things NHL.

Sign in to, or sign up for, MyRogers by clicking here.

NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and NHL GameCenter LIVE, GameCenter LIVE, the NHL Winter Classic logo, the NHL All-Star Game logo and NHL Face-Off name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. © NHL 2014. Rogers, Rogers & Design, Rogers Anyplace TV, Next Issue, Rogers First Rewards and MyRogers are trademarks of Rogers Communications Inc. or an affiliate. © 2014. All Rights Reserved.

*Includes subscription only. Standard data overage/roaming charges apply. MyRogers account registration required. Some blackouts and other restrictions apply based on your location at time of viewing. Other conditions apply. Visit rogers.com/terms for full terms and conditions. Data consumption is approx. 1 GB/game when streamed to a smartphone and approx. 2 to 5 GB/game when streamed to a tablet, computer, gaming console or TV (varies based on length of game, stream quality, device and other factors). Data usage exceeding your plan allotment (overage) is charged in increments rounded up to the next MB or GB (as applicable based on your plan). Standard roaming charges apply when not on the Rogers wireless network.

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Weekend Reading: Facebook news, latest smartphones and charitable stats

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday is Friday which means it’s time for our Weekend Reading. Check out below to learn about Facebook’s News Feed updates, the newest devices from Samsung and the generosity of social media users.

Facebook updates its…updates

Yesterday, Facebook shared news that they’re working to update their News Feed in response to consumers’ feedback about getting old posts. These updates will include placing priority on posts that complement conversations and topics trending on Facebook.  It will also be taking into account the rate at which people are liking or commenting on a post to determine how high up it will be placed in a user’s News Feed. The social media platform says it will be rolling out these changes gradually so stay tuned.

What type of content are you looking for in your News Feed?

Exploring the galaxy

 September has been quite the month so far for new phone launches – and I’m excited. For example, Samsung launched the GALAXY S5 Active and GALAXY Core LTE – two completely different devices, catering to totally different groups of customers. If you spend your time outside, on a job site, or are the next Les Stroud, the S5 Active’s rugged design is built to survive the harsh elements and extreme temperatures. On the flip side, the Core LTE is a premium smartphone at an affordable price – great for watching movies and playing games. A little bit of something for everyone from Samsung this week. Learn more about these smartphones, and our latest devices at Rogers.com.

Have you checked out these smartphones yet?

 Social media for a good cause

There has certainly been a lot of conversation lately around how social media is being used to garner charitable donations and awareness. As reported by Mashable, a recent SurveyMonkey Audience revealed that in fact, social media users are more charitable than we think. 51 per cent of survey respondents hear about new social good initiatives through social first, and 45 per cent said they hear about social initiatives most often through social media. But it’s not all talk, the survey also found that almost  64 per cent of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and/or Google+ users said they’ve donated $100 or more to charitable causes in the last year.

How do you feel about using social media to support a good cause?

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How Windows 8.1 improves your smartphone experience

8.1If you haven’t already done so, the time is now to update your version of Windows to Windows 8.1. 8.1 is one of the fastest-growing mobile systems, that continues to receive positive praise from tech influencers and consumers, alike. I’ve shared below a post from Connected Rogers that really explores the great Windows 8.1’s new features, enhancements, and top-level highlights.

Bing Search

Greatly improved over its predecessor, the new Bing Search helps you find what you’re looking for online or on your phone – including mail, messaging, calendar, apps and contacts. Search results are now displayed in convenient groups for Web, local, images and videos.

Action Center

Windows Phone 8.1 has a new Action Center that provides one place for you to check all your notifications – so you’ll never miss a thing. You now have the option to view notifications even when your phone is locked. New customizable Action Center slots allow you to determine what takes top priority, whether it’s breaking news alerts, mobile-game information or live sports scores pushed to your device. In most apps, simply swipe down to reveal the Action Center.

Battery Saver

Stretch your wireless phone’s battery by temporarily disabling some functionality – such as automatic email synchronization, social-media updates and push notifications from apps – but keeping important features like phone calls and text messages. You can now see which apps are using your battery – both the ones in use and running in the background – and you get to enable or disable it all from one command centre.

Wi-Fi Sense

Finally, Wi-Fi Sense is a handy feature that intelligently and instantly connects you to free Wi-Fi hotspots – be it your favourite coffee shop, a friend’s home network or a complimentary airport connection. Windows Phone is the only mobile OS that can automatically attempt to connect to more than a million free Wi-Fi hotspots around the world by automatically accepting terms and connections on your behalf.

Other features worth checking out: a new Word Flow keyboard for faster and more accurate typing; additional camera lenses for photo takers; a refined Calendar app with integrated weather; and support for dual SIMs on many models (enabling both personal and work calls on one phone).

Let us know if you’re using Windows 8.1 and how you’re liking it.

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Weekend Reading: The future of wearables, hockey news and new devices

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailHappy Friday to you. Check out the Weekend Reading below, as we discuss the growth of smart wearables, Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour and how you can check out the latest devices.

 The wondrous growth of wearables

I am a huge believer in the power of the wearables – I really think they’re changing how, where and when we’re connecting. Wearables are not simply a fad, but continue to evolve, becoming more and more innovative. As explored by SocialMediaToday.com, a new report by Juniper Research, revealed that the global retail revenue for smart wearable devices are now forecast to be $53.2 billion in 2019! This report anticipates the growth of more premium smart watches and glasses  over the next 5 years.

To see what wearables you can sport from Rogers, check out rogers.com/accessories.

What do you foresee as the future of wearable tech?

Our hockey news continues – bringing the game to you

This week we shared the news that the NHL is coming to  a home town near you – or maybe even to your backyard. This NHL season we’ll be introducing Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, celebrating and broadcasting hockey in 25 communities across the country. Every Sunday night, Ron Maclean will host parts of a pre-game show, intermission, and post-game coverage live from each town. Communities will experience an exciting weekend of hockey, with outdoor game watching parties, local entertainment, food stations and celebration of local hockey heroes. Visit hometownhockey.com to find out when we’ll be stopping in your town and how you can become a part of the local festivities.

Does your town have any local hockey traditions?

Fall in love with a new device

With the summer over, the leaves are changing and our t-shirts turn to sweaters. For some the fall brings many changes, so how about a change of  your device? To keep up-to-date on our newest smartphones be sure to check out rogers.com/devices. Here you can also learn when phones are available for reservation – so you’re first to get your hands on the latest device.

Tell us, what are you looking for you in your next smartphone?

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Canadian communities to get in on the hockey celebrations

hockeytourHaving been raised in a small town, I am particularly excited about our latest Rogers NHL announcement!

This NHL season, 25 communities across the country will be joining Rogers Hometown Hockey TourStarting in London, Ontario, on October 11 and 12, Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will bring each town an exciting weekend of festivities. We’ll be celebrating all things hockey in the heart of each community; fans can look forward to outdoor viewing parties on both Saturday (Hockey Night in Canada) and Sunday (Rogers Hometown Hockey), local entertainment and food stations, cool activities from our partners like Scotiabank, Samsung, XBOX, and more.

How can you watch?  City will air a half-hour pre-game show hosted by Ron MacLean live from each home towns with appearances during the intermission and post-game show. Shows will include interviews with celebrities, NHL alumni, and will feature your local hockey heroes.

For a list of hometowns we’ll be visiting, check out the official Rogers Hometown Hockey schedule here. If your town isn’t included not to worry, you can still catch all the action by watching live on TV or through Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™. You can also follow our tour on Facebook, Twitter (#HometownHockey) and Instagram.

I’m really looking forward to watching communities celebrate our nation’s game, and learning what hockey means to Canadians from coast-to-coast.

What does hockey mean in your town?

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Samsung GALAXY Tab S with LTE – oh the places you’ll go

StabThe Samsung GALAXY Tab S with LTE is Samsung’s lightest and thinnest tablet, with one of the most advanced Super AMOLED displays for brighter and more vivid colours – and it’s now available at Rogers™.  To sweeten the deal, it comes pre-loaded with over 30 GALAXY gifts including limited time subscriptions to Next Issue™ and the Globe and Mail, 50 GB of space on Dropbox, one year of premium Evernote service, and more.

What I love about my LTE-connected tablet is that I can take it anywhere. Without a data connection, you’re just not getting the most out of your tablet. As a Rogers customer, you can add your Samsung GALAXY Tab S to a Share Everything™ plan for just $10 per month. And by using my tablet, I save the battery on my smartphone so it’s always ready to make calls and send texts.

Read on for all places you can use a tablet when it’s connected to the Rogers LTE network. Some you might expect; others you won’t.

1.      At the gym: Lately, I’ve been bringing my tablet to the gym to watch my favorite shows when I’m on the treadmill. The screen is just large enough to cover the dreaded timer, helping me get through my workout. Once I jump off the machine, I use the Virtuagym Fitness app to access hundreds of workout routines. This app is great; it helps me change up my routine so I never get bored and it tracks my progress.

2.       On planes, trains and automobiles: No more searching for Wi-Fi at rest stops. Bring your tablet along to help kill time on long road trips. Use Rogers One Number™ while in transit to call or text family and friends or stream a movie for the kids to put an end to the “Are we there yet?” questions.

3.       When outdoor adventuring: This one I just had to share. Recently, my friend and her boyfriend travelled to Alberta for a five day hiking and fishing adventure. She used the Ufindfish app on her tablet to find hot spots in nearby lakes and access tips and tricks. At night, they used Google Sky Map to explore the sky and spot constellations. Who knew nature and technology could go so hand in hand?

4.      At the mall: Ever wonder if you’re really getting the best deal for something in-store?  Around the world, 77 per cent of smartphone users admit to having researched a product or service on their device but 35 per cent think the screen is too small. The Samsung GALAXY Tab S boasts a brilliant 10.5” display for the best viewing experience at any angle. With four times the resolution of regular HD, the Tab S can help you see all of the fine details of the item you’re coveting.

Click here for more information about the tablet click here. For more on GALAXY gifts, and Share Everything plans, visit www.samsung.com/galaxygifts and rogers.com/shareeverything.

Tell us, where do you use your tablet? Anywhere unexpected?

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Weekend Reading: Rewards, Rogers NHL news, and Hyperlapse

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailHappy Friday all! Check out the Weekend Reading below, as we reward you for an old device, introduce an exciting way to catch the hockey game and explore Hyperlapse.

Get rewarded for your old device
If you’re upgrading your phone you might be asking yourself: what do I do with my outdated old device? Well, you can take advantage of the Rogers Trade-Up Program! To see the value of your phone, check out rogers.com/tradeupquote. Your quote is valid for 30 days so you can be certain that the quote won’t change. Starting today for a limited time; if the value of your device is worth $0 you’ll be eligible to receive 800 Rogers First Rewards points.  Your points can be used towards the purchase of your next smartphone, or any product or service in the Rogers First Rewards catalogue.

Tell us, how are you using your Rogers First Rewards?

Introducing Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™
We’re gearing up for the NHL hockey season! This week we unveiled Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™– an online destination for catching the hockey game from your smartphone, computer or tablet. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ lets you watch over 1,000 live regular season NHL games–over 50 per cent more online regular season and playoff games than last year.  A free subscription is available for Rogers wireless data and Hi-speed Internet customers until December 31, 2014, but non-Rogers customers can still get in on the action. Check out pricing and availability here. We will continue to share news about the upcoming season, along with our Rogers NHL ambassador, Mark Messier.

We’re excited, and so is the blogger community, check out their thoughts:

  • “Rogers announced Wednesday that Canadian NHL fans will have pretty incredible access to games during the 2014-15 NHL season through their Rogers NHL GameCentre Live” – SB Nation
  • “It’s a pretty incredible improvement” – Habs Eyes on the Prize
  • “I can see this appealing to those who are out and about and find out that a really great game is on, or those who want a second screen to watch a second game” IT Nerd

Tell us, will you be watching the game with Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?

We’re smiling for Hyperlapse
The recently launched Hyperlapse, Instagram’s latest standalone app is receiving positive reviews. Hyperlapse is a new app used to capture high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion, that features built-in stabilization technology that results in a cinematic look and feel. You don’t need an account to create a Hyperlapse, so it’s simple and easy to access. Care to learn more? Check out the video here to learn how you can create your own video that will have your social communities talking!

Have you used Hyperlapse yet? Share you experience below.

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